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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

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  • Description

    Silver signet-ring: bezel a large applied disc with incised backward-glancing animal, a palm branch above its head and letter T under its belly; punched dots around it; beaded wire border; three pellets on each shoulder; hoop a rod terminating under bezel in 2 pairs of flat scrolls.

  • Culture/period

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    • 7thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 2.5 centimetres
    • Diameter: 0.8 inches
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  • Curator's comments

    Text from Dalton 1912, Catalogue of Finger Rings, no. 166:
    For the scrolled ends of the hoop, cf. the gold ring from Mâcon (Deloche, 'Anneaux sigillaires', p. 25.

  • Bibliography

    • Dalton 1912 166 bibliographic details
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    Damaged edge.

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  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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